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New History of Japanese Cinema

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Cinema, which first arrived in Japan in 1896 with the Kinetoscope prototype, came at the very time that Japan was transforming its economic base and society into that of a major international power. The first cinema, the Asakusa Denkikan, was opened in Tokyo in 1903 and within thirteen years three hundred cinemas had sprung up throughout the country.In A New History of Japanese Cinema: A Century of Narrative Film, Isolde Standish focuses on the historical development of Japanese film. She details an industry and an art form shaped by the competing and merging forces of traditional culture and of economic and technological innovation. Adopting a thematic, exploratory approach, Standish links the concept of Japanese cinema as a system of communication with some of the central discourses of the twentieth century: modernism, nationalism, humanism, resistance, and gender.After an introduction outlining the earliest years of cinema in Japan, Standish demonstrates cinema's symbolic position in Japanese society in the 1930s as both a metaphor and a motor of modernity. Moving into the late thirties and early forties, Standish analyses cinema's relationship with the state-focusing in particular on the war and occupation periods. The book's coverage of the post-occupation period looks at romance films in particular. Avant-garde directors came to the fore during the 1960s and early seventies, and their work is discussed in depth. The book concludes with an investigation of genre and gender in mainstream films of recent years.In grappling with Japanese film history and criticism, most western commentators have concentrated on offering interpretations of what have come to be considered classic films. A New History of Japanese Cinema takes a genuinely innovative approach to the subject, and should prove an essential resource for many years to come.Includes an 8-page color plate section and an 8-page black and white plate section.

Book News Annotation:

This volume addresses the historical development of Japanese cinema, and the confluence of traditional arts, sociopolitical trends, and Western technology. Previous studies of Japanese cinema concentrated on stylistic development, or on a particular era; but Standish (film studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, U. of London) discusses the subject in terms of modernity and the Shochiku Tokyo Studios, nationalism and empire, the state, humanism, transgression, and genres and gender. The book includes a select filmography and bibliography.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Cinema, which first arrived in Japan in 1896 with the Kinetoscope prototype, came at the very time that Japan was transforming its economic base and society into that of a major international power. The first cinema, the Asakusa Denkikan, was opened in Tokyo in 1903 and within thirteen years three hundred cinemas had sprung up throughout the country. In A New History of Japanese Cinema: A Century of Narrative Film, Isolde Standish focuses on the historical development of Japanese film. She details an industry and an art form shaped by the competing and merging forces of traditional culture and of economic and technological innovation. Adopting a thematic, exploratory approach, Standish links the concept of Japanese cinema as a system of communication with some of the central discourses of the twentieth century: modernism, nationalism, humanism, resistance, and gender.

Synopsis:

A major new study of a century of Japanese narrative filmmaking, drawing on a great deal of Japanese film scholarship that has never been published outside of Japan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826417091
Subtitle:
A Century of Narrative Film
Author:
Standish, Isolde
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Subject:
History
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 2005
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
414
Dimensions:
9.24x6.32x1.07 in. 1.59 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Cinema, which first arrived in Japan in 1896 with the Kinetoscope prototype, came at the very time that Japan was transforming its economic base and society into that of a major international power. The first cinema, the Asakusa Denkikan, was opened in Tokyo in 1903 and within thirteen years three hundred cinemas had sprung up throughout the country. In A New History of Japanese Cinema: A Century of Narrative Film, Isolde Standish focuses on the historical development of Japanese film. She details an industry and an art form shaped by the competing and merging forces of traditional culture and of economic and technological innovation. Adopting a thematic, exploratory approach, Standish links the concept of Japanese cinema as a system of communication with some of the central discourses of the twentieth century: modernism, nationalism, humanism, resistance, and gender.
"Synopsis" by , A major new study of a century of Japanese narrative filmmaking, drawing on a great deal of Japanese film scholarship that has never been published outside of Japan.
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